COSTA TOURISM

After a record year in 2014 with over 10 million visitors, the Costa del Sol's tourism surge continues, with increases in airport and cruise ship passenger arrivals, hotel guests and other key indicators.

The Diputación de Málaga last week said the number of foreign tourists at hotel and non-hotel accommodations (excluding 'residential tourism') was up 4% to nearly 1.3 million during the first five months of the year. Overnight stays were up 3.7% to 6.16 million.

Airport arrivals on international flights were up 5% to 2.14 million, while cruise passengers arriving at Málaga port jumped by 6% to 171,450.

The director general of the Diputación's tourism board, Arturo Bernal, said it is forecast that the Costa will set a "new record number of tourists this year: 10.5 million, including 5.6 million during just the months of June to September".

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